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Shut Door Stencil

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by Bryan Costales

The words, "Shut Door." were stenciled to a roll-up door. The meaning of the sign was ambiguous. Was it a command to those that used the door to always leave it shut? Or was it a notice to strangers that this was a working door that was currently shut? Or was this notice that this door was permanently shut and would never open?

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Small Rabbit

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by Terry Costales

My son spotted this very small rabbit in our backyard at dusk one evening. Still light enough to get a quick shot.

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An Old Worn Mural

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by Bryan Costales

In the past, Nigel Sussman had painted a mural to cover an entrance to the same building that was decorated by the "Good Morning Berkeley," mural . This mural defaced by weather, sunlight and people. It was so worn that it was almost illegible. Just enough of it was visible to see that Nigel Sussman painted it, and that it was of roughly the same theme as the other mural.

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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

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by Terry Costales

An adult night heron in full breeding plumage showing off its pink legs which are yellow the rest of the year.

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Black-crowned Night Heron

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by Terry Costales

This bedraggled juvenile black-crowned night heron was perched on the dock near the boat we were going to use. I hoped it wasn't a harbinger of how our trip would turn out.

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Killdeer eggs

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by Terry Costales

This was the second killdeer nest I'd found. The first one was on gravel and this one on flowerbed mulch. Both times the nests were easily overlooked and the eggs hard to spot.

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Lion (Panthera leo)

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by Terry Costales

The lion demonstrated camouflage.

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Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)

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by Terry Costales

A very large, old Leopard Tortoise sunned itself that afternoon.

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

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by Terry Costales

This killdeer tried to lure me away from her nest and eggs fluttering her wings as if injured. Ironically, the only reason I knew her nest was nearby was because of the mother killdeer's behavior. She faked being hurt and then looked back to see if I was buying it.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

(148 views)
by Terry Costales

A shell was almost the size of the otter's head, but was no match for its appetite.

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African Spurred Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)

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by Terry Costales

A very large tortoise with an imposing look.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

(146 views)
by Terry Costales

A lone individual popped up out of the water after a dive for food. We suspected he has a clam grasped in his paws. Otters love shellfish.

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Lion (Panthera leo)

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by Terry Costales

The King of the Jungle appeared regal that day.

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Lion (Panthera leo)

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by Terry Costales

The King contemplated freedom.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal. This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few . . .

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

This is one otter trying to persuade another otter to share its meal. It wasn't very successful.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

A capybara peeking coyly from behind its giant palm frond.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

Here is an older otter, recognized by the light colored fur on its face. It is grooming itself after eating. Otters must have one of the cutest faces in the animal kingdom

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

The otter balanced his "plate" on his stomach while enjoying that last little morsel.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

Catching the afternoon sun, the master of the grasses rests in its domain.

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Great Blue Heron

(142 views)
by Terry Costales

Across the slough and in the tops of a grove of distant trees was a colony of nesting Great Blue Herons. Four adult herons and many more nests were visible.

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

(142 views)
by Terry Costales

This Capybara needs a good brushing.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

Here is another otter grooming or maybe he is thinking "oh, not another boatload of paparazzi!"

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

(142 views)
by Terry Costales

Sea Otters appeared to spend a great deal of their time grooming themselves. They use their bodies as tables, so have to keep food scraps washed off. While they clean, they also push and sometimes blow air bubbles into their fur. The extra air trapped in their fur contributes to their buoyancy and increases insulation.

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